Nader's Blog

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Free Culture

Simply the best presentation I had ever seen till the day :)

Here are some terms that I gathered from here and there and really ring the bell these days.

Every act's a copy

Open source
Software Patents
Regulated Creativity
Controlled Creativity
Opaque Creativity
Controlling Uses
Fair use
Free Sharing

"No One can do to disney, Inc.
what Walt Disney did to the brothers Grimm"

why software patents will harm new innovators and benefit old innovators (that’s America), written in 1991 by Mr. Gates:

“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete stand-still today. The solution . . . is patent exchanges . . . and patenting as much as we can. . . . A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose. That price might be high: Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors.” Fred Warshofsky, The Patent Wars 170-71 (NY: Wiley 1994).

Some links for you to start doing something:

We want a Free Culture
We want to be Creative again